Most fantasy football leagues have already entered their championship week and seen their waiver period end, but we are here to give you the Top 10 players to pick up that can prevent your opponent from winning the championship. A friend of mine says something that adds a little depth to this strategy as well: “If a player is on your bench, then he isn’t beating you in your matchup.” It’s a strategy that will help you increase the odds of other bragging rights and sealing a championship win, and it is even more important if there is money involved. All owned percentages are courtesy of Yahoo fantasy football.
10.Philadelphia Eagles — DEF (61% owned)
With games remaining against NFC East opponents Washington and at New York, the Eagles’ defense will be in lockdown mode over the next two weeks. While both the Redskins and Giants have quality offenses, the Eagles will look for the division crown and could even be used to win a championship. They have 33.0 sacks, 15 interceptions, 10 fumble recoveries and four touchdowns this season, so there is an upside to picking them up.
9. Josh Brown — K (58% owned)
I have had Brown on my roster for some time now as he is one of the highest fantasy scoring kickers this season. But, his percent owned is surprising at best and he would be worthy of a pickup, start or at least a bench slot at this point if you can afford it. Points from kickers become even more important in the championship, and you don’t want to lose because of the points scored by your opponent’s kicker. Brown and the Giants will face the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks to close out the season but both matchups will be at home.
8. Zach Ertz — TE (55% owned)
Ertz is a sneaky pick that could benefit your team if you have a tight end with a questionable label going into this week’s championship game. The Eagles tight end has been targeted 20 times in the last two games and has 13 receptions for 176 yards and a touchdown during that stretch. With the amount of injured tight ends, do you really want to take a chance on not picking up a player that your opponent might need?
7. Spencer Ware — RB (45% owned)
With the loss of Jamaal Charles earlier in the season, the Chiefs have used the dynamic duo of Ware and Charcandrick West to lead the rushing attack. While West is owned in 86 percent of leagues, it is surprising that Ware is under 50 percent seeing as he has five rushing touchdowns this season to West’s four. Even if you don’t have Ware’s handcuff in West, pick Ware up even for a bench role.
6. Ryan Matthews — RB (52% owned)
The Eagles and DeMarco Murray might not be an item after this season, and it is clear that Chip Kelly isn’t so sure that Murray is the answer for the Eagles anymore. He has led the running game in carries the last couple of weeks but is likely just a waiver wire pickup to stash on the bench at this point because he hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 10.
5. Kamar Aiken — WR (61% owned)
Aiken had a Hail Mary catch from quarterback Jimmy Clausen last week and finished the game with eight receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown. He has also seen double-digit targets since Week 10 and could be beneficial going up against the Steelers this week because they have allowed the most points to opposing wide receivers this season. Aiken had five catches for 77 yards and a touchdown in Week 4 against Pittsburgh, but Joe Flacco was heaving the ball his way at that point.
4. Denard Robinson — RB (66% owned)
Jacksonville’s rookie running back T.J. Yeldon is suffering from a MCL sprain and Robinson needs to be added to your roster as of yesterday. With a looming match-up against the New Orleans Saints, Robinson is looking at a big day and having every down responsibilities will give us the flashes of brilliance that we saw in 2014 for the running back.
3. Kirk Cousins — QB (35% owned)
The biggest reason that Cousins is only owned in such a low amount of fantasy leagues has more to do with the play of other surprising quarterbacks than it does with his play. The Eagles’ defense has allowed the third most points to opposing quarterbacks and Cousins should have a big day. He has thrown at least one touchdown in every game this season and he has four TD passes twice in the last six weeks. In his first game against the Eagles, Cousins was 31 of 46 for 290 yards and one touchdown, so go get him.
2. Tyler Lockett — WR (66% owned)
The only reason that Lockett is sitting unowned in 34 percent of leagues is because many people are overlooking his production due to that of his teammate Doug Baldwin. Lockett has been targeted 21 times over the last three weeks and has scored three touchdowns in that stretch to go with 18 receptions for 249 yards. With the way that Seattle’s offense is playing, feel free to forget all about their games against the Rams and Cardinals in the next two weeks. Another bonus for Lockett is that he also racks up return yards if your league counts those.
1. Ted Ginn Jr. — WR (63% owned)
Baldwin is also making fantasy owners forget about what Ginn has done the last three weeks himself. Twenty-seven targets, 13 receptions, 285 receiving yards and six touchdowns is an excellent three-week stretch for Ginn, and it should be enough for you to pick him up for your championship game. This week Ginn and the Panthers face the Falcons, who Ginn picked up two catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns against a couple of weeks ago. If you are locked into a two-week championship game, you definitely need to pick him up because he also faces Tampa Bay in Week 17 and scored two touchdowns against them earlier in the season as well.